Idu Mishmis And Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary : Report
National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) announced that the Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh would soon be notified as a tiger reserve.
- This move has caused unrest among the Idu Mishmi tribe who feel that a tiger reserve would “hinder their access” to the forest.
- Idu Mishmi is a sub-tribe of the Mishmi group in Arunachal Pradesh and neighbouring Tibet, primarily living in the Mishmi Hills bordering Tibet.
- Their ancestral homelands are spread over the districts of Dibang Valley and Lower Dibang Valley as well as parts of Upper Siang and Lohit.
- The Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh in India.
- The sanctuary is named after the Dibang River, which flows through it.
- It is considered a biodiversity hotspot and is part of the Eastern Himalayas Endemic Bird Area.
- The sanctuary has a diverse range of flora, including tropical evergreen forests, subtropical broadleaf forests, alpine meadows, and subalpine coniferous forests.
- Some of the important tree species found here include oak, rhododendron, bamboo, and fir.
- The Sanctuary is home to several rare and endangered species of animals, including the Mishmi takin, musk deer, goral, clouded leopard, snow leopard, and tiger.
- It is also home to several bird species such as the Satyr tragopan, Blyth’s tragopan, and Temminck’s tragopan.
- The sanctuary is home to several indigenous communities, such as Idu Mishmi.
- The Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary was notified in 1998 to protect its rich biodiversity.